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Gus Bradley: Eighteen carries per game “feasible” for Toby Gerhart

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Nothing warms the hearts of fantasy football owners as much as a nice sense of certainty about a skill position player’s role in an offense. (The player would seem like that quite a bit, too, we suspect.)

Anyways, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley went into some detail Tuesday about how much work newly signed running back Toby Gerhart could receive in 2014. And from the sound of it, Gerhart could get a good deal of the reps.

“He has the ability to play all three downs,” Bradley said Tuesday, according to a transcript from the Pro Football Writers of America. “How many carries he gets — we would like to run the ball over 40 percent of the time. There might be 28-30 carries in a game and there aren’t more running backs that carry more than 20 times a game.

“If he’s a guy that is carrying it 15-16 times and with third-down reps, 18 times. That’s feasible. A strong possibility.”

Adjust your draft boards as needed. Also, file this away: second-year running back Denard Robinson is up to 212 pounds, Bradley said.

“He has taken a different approach,” Bradley said of Robinson, according to the PFWA transcript. “He’s coming in to get ready and he understands he’s a running back.”

Robinson could be a late-round flier pick in more than a few fantasy drafts owing to the running skill he showed as a University of Michigan quarterback. However, it appears Gerhart will get first run at the lion’s share of work.

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27 Responses to “Gus Bradley: Eighteen carries per game “feasible” for Toby Gerhart”
  1. markpugner says: Mar 25, 2014 4:57 PM

    Until they sign Timmy I’m not betting on the Jags

  2. billclintonspetkraken says: Mar 25, 2014 5:11 PM

    Toby has deceiving speed. From what I’ve seen, he’s real slow off the bat to find a hole (he’s fast but he’s not gonna pull a Barry and run sideline to sideline) then next thing you know he gets 6 yards out of nowhere. Jags got a good deal, and on the cheap.

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 25, 2014 5:12 PM

    I thought this was one of the better RB signings compared to a few other deals though.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns.

  5. deflateddome says: Mar 25, 2014 5:13 PM

    Toby is best at 25 carries per game…The longer the game goes, the more powerful he is…You will love him Jag fans…

  6. bcdc26 says: Mar 25, 2014 5:16 PM

    By end of the year, Jordan todman will be the best fantasy RB on that team

  7. ariani1985 says: Mar 25, 2014 5:20 PM

    Those 18 carries against the Packers defense would equal 150 yards! Probably 3 TDs.

  8. thevikesarebest says: Mar 25, 2014 5:22 PM

    He’s better than anyone the packers have.

  9. trezzyt says: Mar 25, 2014 5:23 PM

    Toby is the new Jerome Bettis mark my word he will be called the tank instead of the bus. The guy is powerful and patient and very smart I think people forget he helped A. Luck become great in college taken alot of pressure off him. If Jax can get a decent QB Toby will have a great year

  10. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 25, 2014 5:35 PM

    He’s like a mixture of Bettis and Alstott. He’s going to beast for the Jaguars this year.

  11. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 25, 2014 5:37 PM

    Wow, that seems like a lot of carries for a Fullback. Do they mean 18 plays a game where he blocks for the Running Back?

  12. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 25, 2014 5:48 PM

    Oh, because a white guy has to be a fullback? Nice. That fullback has a 4.7 ypc career average, compared to Eddie Lacy’s 4.1.

  13. deflateddome says: Mar 25, 2014 5:48 PM

    He’s not a fullback…

  14. prideof10000lakes says: Mar 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    Toby Flenderson is a great back

  15. oldguardof60s says: Mar 25, 2014 6:08 PM

    I remember a couple of games where he was getting better yards per carry spelling for A.P., then Peterson would come back in because he’s the “featured” back. He runs straight ahead and picks up yardage whereas Peterson dances around in the backfield too much. Vikes will miss him.

  16. davikes says: Mar 25, 2014 7:06 PM

    I wouldn’t say Peterson “dances around” too much. But the box isn’t quite so stacked when Gerhart is in because he can catch, and he isn’t as feared as AD. All that said, I think he’ll have a good year in Jacksonville. Sleeper pick for sure.

  17. golforepar says: Mar 25, 2014 7:45 PM

    I sure hope Gerhart gets over having to leave the Vikings. The last place Vikings are setting themselves up nicely for another top 10 pick in next years draft.

  18. nwfisch says: Mar 25, 2014 7:48 PM

    He’s probably happy to leave the pathetic Viking franchise and play in warmer weather.


  19. itzdoja says: Mar 25, 2014 9:02 PM

    Toby SMASH !!, we’ll miss ya toby. u guys got a good guy he did good when peterson was out with the knee hes a good pass blocker too

  20. backdapack4evr says: Mar 25, 2014 9:02 PM

    It takes a special type of fella to strap on the clown shoes the Vikings wear!!
    Good thing they can stay jolly after all the losses!!

  21. bigblu73 says: Mar 25, 2014 9:13 PM

    Boy, there is either some really good dope where a lot of the posters in this thread live or I’ve misread something!!!LOL Gerhart is what we thought he was, A BACK-UP RB! When AD was injured and Gerhart had a opportunity, he was pedestrian at best! Good luck on letting one of the leagues most productive RB’s(MJD) go and counting on Toby Gerhart(LMAO) to fill that void.

  22. backdapack4evr says: Mar 25, 2014 10:06 PM

    Can’t wait to visit the new Viking stadium!!

  23. marleywars says: Mar 25, 2014 10:35 PM

    Feel the same. He only gets stronger as the game goes on. Really wish we could have kept him but it was inevitable. You got a diamond in the rough Jville.

  24. jollyjoker2 says: Mar 25, 2014 11:13 PM

    this is nuts.. he barely survived 1 game as backup to ap and went out with an injury. He will average 18 carriers before he is out 6 weeks.

  25. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:37 AM

    who the hell is gus bradley?… the jaguars head coach, running backs coach, offensive coordinator?

  26. stellarperformance says: Mar 26, 2014 5:58 AM

    If this guy plays all three downs, they will have to have a second running back near him to carry the oxygen tank.

  27. zinjaboy says: Mar 26, 2014 4:09 PM

    big time back – 1,305 yards.

    oh wait, that’s over 4 seasons. never mind. as you were.

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